No Tax Hike Resolution OK'd by Freeholders

Flat tax would be first time since 1998, Freeholder Hank Lyon says.

The recently reshuffled Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has moved quickly on its first substantial piece of action, passing a resolution on a plan introduced just two weeks ago.

Six of the Freeholders approved a resolution to seek a goal of no increase in county taxes for the 2013 budget, according to a press release from Freeholders John Krickus and Hank Lyon.

Lyon, the budget committee chairman, presented the resolution to the board, saying “It’s important we give the taxpayers a break. We cannot freeze property taxes every year, but when we can we should freeze or cut property taxes,” according to the release.

If the resolution holds true, this would be the first year since 1998 taxes did not increase at the county level, the release said.

The framework to achieve a 0-percent tax increase is outlined in 22 steps, considered a “good starting point to achieve long term savings,” Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo said.

It was also noted by Freeholder John Scapicchio that the achievement of no tax increase would be accomplished through attrition and county employee layoffs are not part of the plan.

At the request of Freeholders Ann Grossi and John Cesaro, language was added to indicate the resolution was non-binding, the release said.

Freeholder Doug Cabana abstained from the vote.

Parker Jones January 24, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Freeholder Doug Cabana did not obstain from the vote. He actually did vote in favor of the resolution at the regular board meeting. There is no 22 point plan, and Patriot...you gotta love his comments. Anyone that does not agree with his beliefs is labled as communists. Well I say you are more of a communist than any other person I know because communists do not allow for differing opinions and you sir are such a person.
clyde donovan January 24, 2013 at 04:35 PM
A non-binding resolution is worthless. Look who wanted it that way.....Parsippany's tax-and-spend team of Cesaro and Grossi.
1819 January 24, 2013 at 05:37 PM
A non-binding resolution for a Hank Lyon press release....what did that cost taxpayers to have lawyers draw up and approve and publish? Why don't the rest of the freeholders follow John Crickus great example and refuse salary and benefits for part-time work in the next budget? Then Lyon could put out a press release saying he CUT taxes. Oh boy, won't the other kids at Build-A-Bear be impressed.
Parker Jones January 24, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Much to your dismay Bernie-JIm aka Clyde, it was a smart move because the Dynamic 4, Mastrangelo, Krickus, Lyon & Scapicchio, did not produce a plan on how they are going to achieve a 0%. If you were at the meeting instead of just shooting off your uninformed, biased mouth, you would know that all of the Freeholders agree on a 0%. The question is how are they going to achieve a 0%. The Dynamic 4 failed to produce a real plan, to support the 0% for the second time in a row. Thus, a nonbinding resolution was the only choice. Freeholders, as all elected officials, are elected to make informed decisions. If the Board agreed to a blaket resolution, they would have been defering thier responsiblity to determine the fuiture fiscal health to a few Freeholders who are only using Morris County and their positions on the board to promote their next step into higher office.
clyde donovan January 24, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Wow, Freeholder "Parker Jones" is not a happy camper. Freeholders appear to be almost exclusively interested in their next elected office or some public job, like a municipal prosecutor's/public defender's job or as county clerk.
Parker Jones January 24, 2013 at 06:10 PM
1898 - I guess you don't read much or choose to be completely uninformed. Mastrangelo & Grossi have never taken health beneifts. Lyon has not taken health benefits and neither has Cesaro. It's anyone's guess whether or not Scapicchio hasn't taken health benefits especially since he was forced to repay the premium for health benefits provided by his home town while serving as a part time elected official. Just as an aside...Isn't it grand how Scapicchio was for health benefits before he was against it. Now back to the point, the more accurate suggestion is that everyone should follow Mastrangelo & Grossi's lead in refusing health benefits since they have been on the Board years before Krickus. You simply can't claim this one for Krickus as he is a little late to the game.
Parker Jones January 24, 2013 at 06:13 PM
By the way, Krickus is taking a full salary as a Freeholder. It is Mastrangelo and Grossi that have takne a 20% cut. How does it feel to be wrong again.
Parker Jones January 24, 2013 at 06:31 PM
OK Clyde. You got me there. Cesaro is a public defender. He's a criminal attorney and that is what he does for a living. Grossi is seeking the recently vacated position as County Clerk rather than running for Freeholder. Your just a big bag of hot air aren't you. What's the matter, you still mad that the County would not revoke the money that was properly awarded to document and perserve historic documents in Mt. Tabor through the Historic Preservation Trust Fund? Boo Hoo Hoo.
Thomas Lotito January 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM
The conventional wisdom of encapsulated N.J. politicians is to tax and spend and grow the size of government, however, Morris County Freeholders top priorities are a 0-percent tax. The Freeholders goal of freezing county property taxes dovetails nicely with Governor Christie’s arbitration, pension, and benefit reforms. So STOP! There's nothing here to quarrel about, tax cuts are a good thing, support their effort.
conservativeGOPMax January 25, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Remember Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo's BIG county tax increase last year. Mastrangelo traveled around the county last year attempting to justify that tax increase to anyone who would llisten. Tom Mastrangelo: campaigns as a conservative and governs like a liberal. Taxing Tom Mastrangelo. Taxing Tom Mastrangelo. Taxing Tom Mastrangelo.
David Steketee January 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Here's a big money saving tip for the county, stop paying for historic church renovations.
Domino January 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Excellent point! It is amazing to see how much money is spent on this.
Joseph Keyes January 28, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Maybe the board should sit down with local and regional school boards and figure out how to really reduce taxes. Grover Norquist would approve.


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